In 2021, park and recreation professionals should focus efforts in these areas as we recover from the pandemic and other challenges, so we can ensure all people can thrive.
On our final episode of Open Space Radio of the year, we’re looking back at some of the conversations we’ve had on the podcast, discussing the lessons we’ve learned, and looking ahead at some of our hopes and goals for 2021.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has extended all child nutrition COVID-19 waivers through the 2020-2021 school year, set to expire June 30, 2021. While these waivers are beneficial to meal programs, there are some additional practices that can help maximize meal service.
On the January bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re replaying the full session of our “Emerging Trends in Parks and Recreation” Coffee Talk from the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) this past October.
On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how the farmers markets are helping farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor, increasing access to fresh, local produce for consumers, and helping communities regain a figurative “town square.”
Outdoor gyms are unique in their ability to promote activity in parks in such a way that appeals to a wide variety of demographics. What do they hold for the often-passive park visitors, and how can we design them to get the highest return on our investment on the space?
This past October, the newly formed Black Players for Change — comprised of more than 170 MLS players, coaches and staff — announced a new endeavor to remove systemic barriers to the sport of soccer for Black youth.
NRPA is proud to announce the release of two new resources addressing stigma and prevention efforts related to substance use and mental health disorders.
In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we learned that 7 in 10 park and recreation leaders envision their agency supporting post-pandemic community mental health and well-being in some way.
The promising news of an effective coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine these past few weeks has been encouraging to all, but with the unsettling rise in COVID-19 cases recently, it is important that we remain vigilant.
Tiff Cunin, NRPA's senior program manager for health, reflects on what they learned at their very first NRPA Annual Conference.
NRPA is now accepting proposals for the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, September 21-23, 2021. To help you with your proposal, here are five tips for submitting a successful education session proposal.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Jayni Rasmussen, the senior campaign representative for the Outdoors Alliance for Kids and Youth, or OAK, to talk about the Every Kid Outdoors park pass program.
In her presentation at NRPA Virtual, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky shared this Tiny Survival Guide from the Trauma Stewardship Institute — a tool outlining 15 strategies to help people manage the effects of trauma, including anxiety, exhaustion, anger, apathy and other emotions.
On this month's bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of the feature stories from the December issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, titled, “Biodiversity Lays the Pathway to Good Health.”
This blog post was inspired by an angry voicemail that Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, received in response to his organization sending out notices about diversity webinars.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talk sessions from NRPA Virtual, when we talked with Allison Colman, NRPA director of health, and Mercy Santoro, deputy director of Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, about the importance of community healing in the wake of trauma.
Amanda D’Agostino is a student at Indiana University studying parks and recreation, and NRPA Virtual was her very first NRPA Annual Conference experience. This is what she learned.
2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways, but Clement Lau believes it's good for his soul to reflect upon what he's thankful for - this is his gratitude list.
For every social media post using the hashtag #HikeYourTurf by November 17, 2020, Merrell will donate $1 to NRPA to ensure that everyone has access to a great hike!
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA’s Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy Elvis Cordova and NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager Kyle Simpson, to talk about some of NRPA’s key legislative priorities, how you can get involved in our advocacy efforts, and you guessed it — the importance of voting!
On this month's bonus episode of the podcast, we’re diving deeper into one of the feature stories from the November issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, titled, “A New Approach to Parks and Recreation System Planning," with David Barth, principal of Barth Associates.
Here are some tips and recommendations for how you might start to navigate this big question as you try to meet the needs and demands of the older adult population you serve, as well as ensure you are adhering to public health guidelines and doing your part to keep those you serve safe.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA's Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer, Autumn Saxton-Ross, to learn more about her vision for NRPA and the field of parks and recreation when it comes to centering equity in all that we do.
In this Parks Snapshot survey, we learned that many park and recreation agencies are offering full or truncated offerings of their fall and winter programs.
BOKS is a free physical activity program designed to reverse this health crisis by getting kids active and establishing a lifelong commitment to health and fitness.
Like so many activities forced to adapt this year due to the pandemic, the NRPA Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, which was planned to run in June for Pollinator Month, was rescheduled for September to ensure agencies and their communities could participate safely.
The wildfires in the western part of the U.S. and the conditions caused by their blazes pose a major threat to park spaces and recreation facilities, as well as raised questions about how natural disasters like these impact health and wellness, equity and conservation.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Selema Masekela, best known for his work on the ESPN X Games, to talk about how sports like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing are great outlets for physical activity, as well as tools for social connection and fostering creativity and self-expression.
On this month's bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're having a conversation about racial equity with Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward and keynote speaker for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual).
NRPA is partnering with Climate for Health to offer park and recreation professionals the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training to better understand the links between climate and health, the spectrum of climate solutions, how to speak to others effectively on the topic of climate change, and opportunities to act and advocate.
On this episode of Open Space Radio — part two of our Great American Outdoors Act coverage — we talk with Senator Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania), two of our Congressional champions who helped pass this historic legislation.
Despite drastic numbers and warnings grounded in science and data, we recognize that park and recreation professionals are facing mounting public pressure to “get back to normal” and are continuing to face difficult decisions on a daily basis.
Our hearts are with everyone who is currently impacted by some of the worst wildfires in history that continue to burn uncontained in Oregon, California, Washington and many other states in the western part of the country. Here are some ways you can help right now.
Due to COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is unable to offer its highly popular, award-winning Parks After Dark (PAD) program this year, but it has initiated the PAD in Motion program, in which it closes off park-adjacent streets for community members to safely walk and ride.
In part one of our Great American Outdoors Act double-header episodes of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Allegra “Happy” Haynes, the executive director of parks and recreation for the City and County of Denver, about what full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund means for her community and the country.
August 17 came and the curtain went up; the 2020 SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase was underway — and was successful even in the face of a pandemic.
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio received a $20,000 Parks for Pollinators grant through NRPA and The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation, which has funded the restoration of the Whetstone Prairie, as well as helped provide education on pollinators for local children and families.
As we move into the 2020-2021 school year, our professionals and partner organizations who have stepped up to serve meals during COVID-19, and our families that have benefited from these quick actions, are facing their next challenge.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re celebrating our birthday! We started Open Space Radio a little over three years ago, and while many of you may have heard us talk about the early days of finding our podcasting groove, we like to invite you — our listeners — in every once in a while to reflect back on some of our favorite Open Space Radio moments.
In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we learned that staff at four in five park and recreation agencies are leading park activation activities — like small group naturalist programs, virtual learning centers and drive-in movies — to promote park and open space usage.
On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking with Roslyn Johnson, director of Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, about the challenges of starting a new role with a new department just before COVID-19, supporting her community during tough times and the ongoing need for true equity in parks.
Winning the 2019 Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz grand prize was a significant boost to the budget for Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, and having those funds earmarked for pollinator-specific projects was a game-changer.
A virtual BioBlitz is a great way to engage your community in an activity that is educational, fun and provides a community benefit!
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with the creator of the BioBlitz and Wildlife Biologist for Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, Sam Droege, as well as Brett Johnson, an Urban Biologist for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, about how a BioBlitz event can help educate your community and inform staff who manage parks and public lands.
With all the changes and uncertainty due to COVID-19, as well as necessary restrictions that limit you from meeting in person, here are some tips and solutions to help you safely onboard new employees and volunteers moving forward.
In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learn that three in five park and recreation agencies are making plans to support students this fall, whether through expanded childcare offerings or by offering resources to support education efforts.
In order to better support the park and recreation profession to advocate for and receive necessary investments, NRPA has identified green infrastructure and how it can be supported and implemented in local parks as a top legislative priority.
This new action guide from Kaiser Permanente provides guidance on the challenges faced during COVID-19, recommendations for addressing each challenge, and action items for moving ahead.
Serving as providers of and connection points to public health services, parks and recreation plays a vital role in the ongoing opioid and substance use epidemic. We're proud to announce the release of Parks and Recreation: A Comprehensive Response to the Substance Use Crisis.
With support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA is working to support local park and recreation agencies in their efforts to serve as community nutrition hubs. But what is a community nutrition hub?
It has been one year since the City and County of Denver, Colorado, along with Dig Studio, Wilson & Company, Biohabitats and The Butterfly Pavilion hosted our Pollinator BioBlitz at the Heron Pond/Heller/Carpio-Sanguinette Park.
Tinkergarten has designed easy ways to teach kids — from babies to elementary schoolers — how to physically distance effectively through a child-development lens and in a way they can understand and implement
To reduce unwanted contact with community members during COVID-19 and ensure safety comes first, NRPA’s evaluation team has compiled some ideas for low-risk evaluation and assessment activities that can help agencies in their efforts to continue to serve constituents across the country.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re speaking with NRPA President and CEO Kristine Stratton about what NRPA wants to achieve in the months and years ahead and how we’re going to get there.
The park and recreation community as a whole is filled with committed, generous and caring people, so it’s no surprise that many NRPA advertising partners have also answered the call to step out of the normal scope of their work and lend a hand to their local communities during COVID-19.
As a recreation professional and hobbyist photographer, Jordan Henson of Montgomery County Recreation used the time when many of the rims on basketball hoops at his local courts had been removed as an opportunity for work and play.
In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we found that three in four park and recreation agencies report receiving additional funding from a variety of sources to support their response to the pandemic and mitigate the impact of budget cuts and revenue shortfalls.
Latino Conservation Week began in 2014 as an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation to support the Latino community getting outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources.
On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're diving deeper into one of the features of the August issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, "Restoring Nature's Playground."
In a way, this most unusual summer is the 30th birthday of the ADA. So how are park and recreation agencies celebrating this aspect of diversity?
Reckoning with racial exclusion in parks and spaces for play.
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), led by an international team of public health professionals including Bubble Wrath, Trauma, BG Smack (derby names) and others, has put together one of the most comprehensive return-to-play plans in sports.
As park and recreation leaders and community members, it’s vital to recognize and acknowledge inequities and work towards advancing access to mental health care and positive mental health outcomes for all.
Last year during NRPA’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, Grace Trimble hosted a BioBlitz at a newly established pollinator habitat at Atwood Dam in Mineral City, Ohio.
Thanks to John Phelps, a park specialist for Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Harley the dog will live to play another day.
As we continue to analyze the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on park and recreation agency budgets across the nation, one thing has become increasingly clear — the need to diversify sources of revenue and financial support has never been greater.
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re thrilled to be joined by Dr. Kim and Claude Walker — the founders of the Nashville-based Abundant Life Adventure Club.
This year, out-of-school time programs will be relied on more than ever to support continued learning, build social connections, provide nutritious snacks and meals, get kids moving, and address the trauma and mental health challenges from COVID-19.
In the latest Parks Snapshot, we look at how park and recreation agencies are ensuring their indoor facilities are safe for visitors and staff, as well as what plans are in place in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 at programs and facilities or among staff.
As cities re-open or expand pedestrian space for the long haul, we have a chance to rethink public park design.
This Park and Recreation Month, as we celebrate the essential work park and recreation professionals do to help create communities that are vibrant, healthy and strong, we should also look to the future and ask ourselves, “What changes should be made in order for our society to be more equitable and just?”
In a time of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders, when social isolation is a grave reality for so many, communities are faced with the pressing challenge of building cross-age connections from afar.
In collaboration with local public health and government officials, and with new playground reopening guidance available from KABOOM! and NRPA, agencies are reopening thoughtfully and with additional safety measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
The demand for using sports fields and recreational areas, in general, will soon grow exponentially as the phases of re-opening the country progress. Here's how you can communicate your plan for field maintenance practices to both your organization’s leadership as well as the end-user.
If you're a park and recreation professional, you have probably spent your spring delivering meals, handing out personal protective equipment and making calls of support to older adults in your community. This article gives you a few minutes to slow down, take a deep breath and celebrate your unique skills, talents and impact.
On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we hear from some of our Instagram followers to learn about some of the creative ways park and recreation professionals are safely engaging the people they serve.
Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, provides a fresh perspective on funding recreation and parks as an indispensable service in a post-pandemic recovery.
In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learned that 63 percent of park and recreation agencies are requiring participants to sign legal waivers that acknowledge the potential risks associated with COVID-19.
The July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into the cover story, “Celebrating YOU This July” and talking all things Park and Recreation Month.
Nearly six million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and all sectors, including parks and recreation, play a critical role in supporting people who are impacted by dementia
There are many challenges that maintenance staff may encounter with fields that have not been maintained due to COVID-19. Here's how staff can navigate those challenges.
One of the more difficult tasks in creating high-quality pollinator habitat is preparing the land for planting, but there is one method that is completely organic, works great, is simple to do and can be done largely with volunteers: solarization.
A monumental vote was taken in the U.S. Senate on June 17, 2020. By a vote of 73 -25, the U.S. Senate voted to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conversation Fund (LWCF).
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted park and recreation agencies' ability to reach new audiences, but this Great Urban Parks Campaign grantee shares tips that have helped them virtually educate their community about the benefits of green infrastructure.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Pattie Roberts, deputy director of City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department, who shares about losing her son to a heroin overdose and how it pushed her to speak up about the stigma of substance use disorder in her community.
In the two weeks since the previous Parks Snapshot, we have seen an increased number of park and recreation professionals opening more amenities to the public.
When the country was beginning to shut down due to COVID-19, the Sports Turf Managers Association went to work to help guide not just its members, but anyone tasked with athletic field maintenance through the pandemic.
This June, let us honor the continued journey to LGBTQ+ equality while we also confront the reality of institutionalized racism. One way we can do that is to take time to pause, listen and practice empathy.
As part of the #podcastblackout, we stand firmly with all who seek justice and reform for senseless acts of racism and violence and are using our platform to protest the tragic killing of Black people and people of color across the country.
In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we explored the increased usage of parks and trails compared to this time last year.
Across the country, park and recreation professionals have stepped in to ensure that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and families are able to still receive healthy, free meals - thank them today!
In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we looked at the status of a few additional facility types: recreation centers, senior centers and indoor gyms.
While the decision regarding summer youth programs is an agency by agency decision and should be made in collaboration with local health officials to ensure state and local guidelines are followed, CDC has provided guidance to help make an informed choice.
May is Older Americans Month, and there have been so many great stories showcasing the great ways park and recreation senior services staff have been continuing to make their mark on older adults in communities across the country, even during a pandemic.
On this month’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with AP Diaz, Executive Officer & Chief of Staff at L.A. City Department of Recreation and Parks, about how he and his staff are supporting people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Tim Herd, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, to talk about two very important upcoming celebrations: Park and Recreation Professionals Day and Park and Recreation Month.
If you have never hired an employee virtually, interviewing and onboarding may be a new challenge to tackle - here are some helpful tips.
NRPA is equipping park and recreation professionals with the tools and knowledge to advocate for and institutionalize green infrastructure in park systems to address climate impacts, improve community well-being and advance equitable outcomes for all.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has extended three nationwide waivers from their original expiration date of May 31 to a new date of August 31, 2020.
Bryn McCornack’s involvement at the Newport Parks and Recreation Department’s 60+ Activity Center in Oregon has evolved from class participant to volunteer to advocate.
In this week's Parks Snapshot survey we saw a large increase in the number of park and recreation agencies that have made decisions regarding their swimming pools.
This research is pointing to some good news for parks and recreation, while also providing an opportunity for strengthening our advocacy efforts and assessing future implications and plans.
These three words have stuck with Jane H. Adams, the executive director of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration, as she believes they can provide a framework as we navigate this world in the midst of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
This year, we are going to need to think a little differently about how we can help people become more "water aware" during National Water Safety Month.
On Monday, March 16, J.J. Lillibridge went into work at the Georgetown Recreation Center to find what is usually a packed parking lot with only 8-10 cars. When Tuesday rolled around, he was deemed an essential employee.
As the impacts of COVID-19 are slowly making their way into aquatics, we need to look for different ways to keep our communities safe in and out of the water.
Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.
In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we take a look at some of the most common expense cutting measures, including hiring freezes and reducing discretionary purchases of supplies and outside services.
The East Goshen Township (PA) Department of Parks and Recreation's "SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase" was planned and ready for another successful year. Learn how they quickly changed plans to offer an opportunity for teens in the community to get creative while staying at home due to COVID-19.
Even though Price Rotary Senior Center had to shut down to keep older adults safe during the COVID–19 pandemic, Lynn Hoy continues to keep in touch with those who come to her center.
In the final part of our Substance Use in Parks in Recreation blog series, we explore alternative pain management options and how park and recreation professionals can help.
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Mary Elise Conzelmann and Sean Fitzpatrick, two inspiring students who are pursuing their degrees in fields related to parks and recreation and will be graduating this year.
As the COVID-19 pandemic creates a new normal in communities across the country, park and recreation agencies and public libraries have deepened their partnership to ensure they're serving every member of the community.
Park and recreation leaders are developing plans for the reopening of their facilities and programs as conditions permit, with most expected to follow a phased opening strategy. In this Parks Snapshot, we explore the most commonly cited amenities and program offerings anticipated to be part of the first phase of reopening.
As we look to recognize and celebrate older adults this May, we must acknowledge the current state of our nation as we continue to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 and identify ways to keep our communities healthy.
Even though our current reality prevents us from gathering, it doesn’t stop us from finding new ways to enjoy nature and it certainly doesn’t stop us from showing our respect for those who protect and maintain our natural spaces.
In parks and recreation where face-to-face interactions are the norm, requiring professionals suddenly to work remotely for an indefinite amount of time, in physically isolated environments, is not without challenges. These tips will help you maximize your potential within these work-from-home environments while reducing your stress and maintaining your overall health.
This week, for the first time since conducting the NRPA Parks Snapshot survey, we looked at the status of campgrounds, as well as future plans for reopening parks and facilities.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is continuing its weekly in-service requirements in order to maintain communication with aquatics staff and maintain lifeguard requirements for both the Texas Public Pool Code and their internal policy.
Although not deemed essential in every community, many areas of the country are prioritizing access to farmers markets and encouraging community members that eating healthy, fresh foods is a large part of staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On this month’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with three park and recreation leaders from the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., about their collaborative response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they’ve navigated the tough decisions they’ve had to make.
While COVID-19 has impacted each one of us, it’s well known that certain populations have been more severely affected — people aged 65+, people experiencing homelessness, and people with underlying chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity, asthma and heart disease. However, these are not the only groups at a higher risk of being impacted by COVID-19.
Since 1970, the world has celebrated Earth Day on April 22, but this year, because of physical distancing guidelines and many people self-isolating at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation agencies all over the country have developed creative ways to celebrate virtually and safely.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by three dedicated and creative staff members of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio to talk about the virtual Earth Day celebrations they have planned so their community can safely learn more about the environment around them and how to protect it.
How do you stay engaged with your older adult population now that many people are sheltering-in-place due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are some dos and some don’ts.
Among the findings in this week's NRPA Parks Snapshot, nearly half of all park and recreation agencies have received requests to make cuts to their current fiscal year budget, while 31 percent of agencies are already making cuts to the next fiscal year’s budget.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service's new guidance is designed to answer outstanding questions regarding pandemic meal service and ensure that all kids in your community have access to healthy, nutritious daily meals.
As NRPA explores the role of parks and recreation in the opioid crisis, we must recognize and address the reality that other substances, like tobacco and marijuana, are being used on park grounds and/or around facilities, as well.
With pools, beaches and water parks closed across the country, aquatic professionals are turning to digital platforms to reach their regular patrons and broaden their reach as advocates for safety and inclusive water recreation.
Originally scheduled for June 2020, NRPA's Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz will be pushed back to September 2020 to ensure communities across the country can participate.
Among the findings in this week's NRPA Parks Snapshot, less than half of park and recreation agencies (44 percent) continue to keep their dog parks open during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 54 percent of agencies have closed all of their dog parks.
With the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation agencies - like the Whitemarsh Township Parks and Recreation Department - are coming up with innovative solutions to keep their communities healthy, active, engaged and connected.
If you know you have the gift of connecting with people and have a passion you are willing to share, Marhonda Williams, CPRP, encourages you to give Speed Sessions at the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference a try!
These are challenging times. But, according to Clement Lau, departmental facilities planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, a crisis is also an opportunity to reexamine current practices and contemplate new ideas.
During these unprecedented times – when worry is high and staff morale can be low – it’s important to take care of ourselves and our teams.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, to talk about how his agency had to get creative in order to bring Golden Gate Park's 150th birthday celebration to people virtually.
To further slow the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings over the weekend.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many park and recreation agencies to move their programs online. With this in mind, NRPA's Healthy Aging in Parks team has put together these tips for helping you further your virtual older adult programs.
The NRPA Parks Snapshot provides the latest data on how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the findings this week, 91 percent of park and recreation agencies have closed their playgrounds.
During this difficult time when so many of you are being asked to do more with less, we have received a bit of good news for park projects in the form of state allocations from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
We’ve seen numerous examples of how recommendations, closures and restrictions are being communicated across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve collected those ideas and distilled them into best practices for the broader parks and recreation community.
NRPA recently conducted its inaugural Parks Snapshot survey to learn how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.
As families and communities around the world experience added stress attributed to the crisis, there are some practical steps that park and recreation professionals and parents and caregivers can take to protect children, monitor child health, maintain routines and minimize the mental health impacts.
As we learn to navigate these uncertain times, we've compiled photos that help show what healthy physical distancing in parks looks like.
The April issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into the feature article, “Can Parks Help Save Fireflies?”
Here are a few simple, inclusive and intergenerational resources from Alliance for a Healthier Generation, designed to keep your communities growing and thriving.
As park and recreation professionals continue to play a huge role in providing healthy meals to children in communities across the country, we encourage you to review the latest information to ensure you have what you need to continue to support community-wide health.
NRPA’s conservation team has put together a list of resources to help you and your family learn, appreciate and find comfort in your local community of living things during this uncertain time.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we discuss how park and recreation professionals are serving as mentors and the one caring adult for children who experience adversity and trauma in their households or community.
These are the three things that stick out to Allison Colman, NRPA's Director of Health, as unintended benefits that the COVID-19 outbreak may have brought our way.
Research over the years has shown that when people are more stressed, anxious and socially isolated, as we are right now due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, having access to parks, trails and natural areas becomes even more important.
With the disruptive shift in our society from the COVID-19 pandemic comes a series of thought-provoking considerations to re-establishing our community values and our professional accountability.
As schools close across the country, it’s become glaringly apparent just how many kids rely on schools to serve them healthy, fresh meals daily. Without access to school meals, what happens to those kids?
If areas of parks and trails are allowed to remain open and public use is not restricted by other governmental direction during the COVID-19 outbreak, NRPA offers guidance on several issues that may arise as a result of continuing public use of parks and trails.
Although your facilities may already be closed or will close soon due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you can still support the older adult population in your community by calming their concerns and fears and letting them know ways they can remain healthy during this time.
Many park and recreation agencies are heeding the CDC's guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak and canceling or postponing events and activities for at least the next couple of weeks. This leads to a question many agencies are facing: What will the financial implications be on parks and recreation budgets?
NRPA recently convened a group of urban park and recreation directors to discuss how the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is affecting their cities, and how each of their lessons-learned so far could help inform each other and other park and recreation professionals to prepare and take action when needed.
As we hear about more and more schools closing across the country due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there are many ways park and recreation agencies and their partners can help to mitigate the impact on families that rely on school meals.
NRPA’s health and wellness team has compiled a list of health tips that park and recreation professionals can share with their communities to keep people moving, eating healthy, focusing on mental health and wellbeing, getting enough sleep and boosting immunity during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
One vital way in which park and recreation professionals can respond to the rising rates of substance use disorder and mental health conditions is by focusing on breaking down the stigma around them.
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by three park and recreation leaders from across the country who are actively addressing issues related to the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
As someone who has been teaching the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) prep course since 2009, Nicole Ginger's journey to becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) came as a surprise - even to her.
By hosting a Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, you can help promote pollinator awareness and engage your local community in a pollinator-focused activity.
Park and recreation professionals are seeking answers to key questions as they move into a response and prevention mode in the coming days and weeks, especially in communities that are starting to document confirmed cases of COVID-19.
On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking with Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway, about the Chouteau Greenway in St. Louis — a $250 million greenway development project that spans 15 miles and 20 neighborhoods, with the goal of connecting communities and unifying different populations.
Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is the highest level of certification a park and recreation professional can reach - here's why Doug Guild, Parks Superintendent for the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department, decided to get this certification.
To assist park and recreation professionals in the development of equity-based system plans, NRPA has released a new online tool — Creating Equity-Based System Master Plans.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Angelou Ezeilo, founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation, about her lifelong pursuit of inclusion and equity in conservation and environmental stewardship, and the need to cultivate the next generation of diverse environmental leaders.
Whether a program participant trips and falls during an activity, experiences an allergic reaction to a bee sting, or there’s a flood or fire in the community center, having personal information available helps staff respond quickly and effectively.
Imagine how powerful it would be if NRPA staff knew about the relationships you had with members of Congress and could leverage them to create a more impactful dialogue between park and recreation professionals and legislators. Now there's a way to do just that.
There are 2,000 firefly species across the world, and 200 live here in the United States. But sadly, their species is declining. Here's how you can help.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-NRPA Award for Health Equity recognizes an individual, or team of no more than two individuals, who has successfully implemented a systems change approach to reduce health disparities in their community within the past two years.
Why become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional? For Luke Bolinger, CPRP, it is to provide people with experiences like he had as a kid and young adult right in the community he serves — and learn to do it better.
Since 2013, NRPA, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been providing funding to local park and recreation agencies to support the delivery of three evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs.
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we sit down with Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO, and Neelay Bhatt, Vice President at PROS Consulting Inc, to discuss their presentation at the Agents of Change Summit this week.
Despite recommendations from our nation’s top public health officials, the decision for park and recreation professionals to carry naloxone - an opioid overdose reversal medication - remains debatable and somewhat contentious across the field for a variety of reasons.
Did you know NRPA's Young Professional Fellowships, Diversity Scholarships and Student Scholarships allow eligible NRPA members to attend the NRPA Annual Conference, all expenses paid?
In 2019, the western monarch count was less than 30,000 — similar to the year before — which is 1 percent of their original historical levels. This is a cause for great concern.
January 30 was #ThankYourMentor day, and we celebrated by taking a look back on the messages some of our social media followers had for their mentors.
Obtaining this invaluable credential in the park and recreation field is a great way to refine your knowledge, further your career and stay committed to the profession.
What started as a way for Jessica to cope with her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has turned into multiple programs and cross-department partnerships that are enriching an entire community and making it safer.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Jamie Sabbach, president and CEO of 110% Inc. and Amilia Consulting USA, about true courageous leadership and why it is so important to park and recreation professionals.
Navigating the challenges of a small park district is well worth it when staff is able to experience the impact they make on their communities.
This year Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service, observed as “a day on, not a day off.” On this day — and all days in our profession — let’s remember the many things we do to serve our communities, and let’s strive to do even more to make King’s dream, and our dream, a reality.
In 2020, we’ll be building on our momentum with new webinar topics and new 10 Minute Walk Network leadership.
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Julianne Mills of Disabled Sports USA to find out how they're improving the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities.
For Anthony Iracki, becoming a CPRP is a personal commitment to the field and to serving his community at large.
Park and recreation professionals have a clear role to play in addressing the opioid epidemic by leveraging their strengths to foster connections, supporting people experiencing adversity and trauma, and creating positive experiences for our communities.
As we begin 2020, here are three resources from Healthier Generation’s new Eating Healthy at Home campaign.